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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work."
- Thomas Edison
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- Richard Nelson Bolles
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- Theodore Roosevelt
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- Vince Lombardi
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- Charles Baudelaire
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- Maya Angelou
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- Benjamin Franklin
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- Mother Teresa
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- Sir Richard Branson
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- Orson Scott Card

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